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July 30, 2007

Pacman’s impact on TNA

You can’t make this stuff up.

It is being reported on Nashville television stations and various Web sites that suspended NFL player Adam “Pacman” Jones has signed a contract with TNA.

While some reports have said that Jones will wrestle in TNA, his lawyer told Tennessean.com that the Tennessee Titans cornerback “won't be wrestling” and won't be playing the part of a villain as some might expect.

Obviously, TNA is desperate for mainstream attention, but doing business with Jones, who has been arrested six times since being drafted in 2005, is a risky move. Contrary to the adage, any publicity is not good publicity – just ask WWE how happy it is about all the media coverage it has received over the past month – TNA is going to come off looking sleazy to the general public for trying to capitalize on Jones’ notoriety. From a business standpoint, I’m not all that convinced that signing Jones will really attract that many new fans anyway.

In the past, WWE and WCW had tremendous success by bringing in controversial athletes Mike Tyson and Dennis Rodman, respectively, but I don’t think the general public will be as curious about Jones.

Two things I am curious about: How will the TNA creative team pull off making Jones a babyface, and which TNA good guy is going to be the unfortunate one to be associated with him?

On the other hand, if this angle turns out to be a success, maybe TNA will follow it up by signing Michael Vick to manage a new version of the Pit Bulls tag team. Uh-oh. I probably just gave Vince Russo an idea.

Speaking of Russo, several wrestling Web sites have reported that he was not the mastermind behind the Jones signing. As someone who worked for WCW when Russo frequently spoke about the company needing a publicity stunt to turn things around – such as his suggestion of paying O.J. Simpson $1 million to take a lie detector test on a WCW pay-per-view – I find that hard to believe.

Posted by Kevin Eck at 1:22 PM | | Comments (4)
        

Comments

What is TNA?

TNA is better off without him.

"PacMan" will make a great heal. It was reported that the Titans organization was happy with the deal. They felt that this would give Jones something to do and hopefully keep him out of trouble.

I don't think this is a good thing for TNA. It doesn't seem like it will work well. At least with Mike Tyson and Dennis Rodman there wasn't as much controversy in sports, and it kind of worked with what WWF was going for with the Attitude era. Wrestling isn't nearly as big as it was then, and there are controversies in almost every sport. If those sports are getting looked at negatively now and trying to save face, why would you want to associate yourself with one of those troublemakers?

I never really watch TNA (I've seen a few episodes of Impact but don't watch it on a weekly basis), but I know I wouldn't want to watch it for PacMan Jones. Normally any publicity is good publicity (at least it looks like Vince McMahon thinks that way most of the time), this is one of those cases where it doesn't do anybody any good. They should be spending their money on wrestlers instead of this.

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